AARP Brief Filed

The Cyberlaw Clinic also assisted the AARP in writing an amicus brief in
Brand-X Internet Services v. FCC. The brief argued that by categorizing
cable broadband as a telecommunications service, the Court would force the
FCC to consider consumer concerns and preserve customer choice in the ISP
market. Such concerns include the affordable pricing, superior customer
service, diversity of options, and rapid technological innovation that have
characterized the early growth of the Internet. It argued that if cable

ACLU Brief Filed

The American Civil Liberties Union, represented by members of the Cyberlaw Clinic, filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the Supreme Court supporting open access to cable Internet lines. The case challenges an FCC determination that cable Internet service is not a "telecommunications service" presumptively subject to the sort of common carrier regulations historically applied to telephone service.

Trackback spamming

Some readers may remember that we used to have a big comment spam problem at CIS blogs (see here and, more generally, here). Now that this problem has been fixed by a workable solution for several months, we are increasingly getting a new kind of spam: trackback spamming.

Canadian PM Paul Martin on Same Sex Marriage

Last Wednesday, Martin rose in support of a "Civil Marriage Act" to permit same-sex marriage. Contrast the actions south of the border, where we have enacted a "Defense of Marriage Act," to reject same-sex marriage.

Consider Martin's striking, principled rejection of a referendum on the issue:

Sell This Photo

15702989.jpg"A moment later, Jeanne-Claude sternly warned [newspaper photograher] Tiernan that pictures of the artwork are trademarked and can't be sold." Recall that Christo and Jeanne-Claude are financing the $21 million cost of The Gates entirely themselves. So I understand their desire to monopolize the commercializing of photos of their art. It's awkward for sights in a public park to be restricted in this way. Is this a trend?

Electronic Database Black Boxes--and the Ghost of Kafka

Just arrived in Birmingham and walked over to pick up my reserved car at Alamo for the drive to Tuscaloosa. But apparently my name shows up on a "do not rent" list for Alamo. There's no reason for this and the agent says that the national customer service phone numbers are closed on a Sunday, so I'm out of luck.

I walk over to Enterprise and rent a car--a nice Mazda, for cheaper. Alamo's database systems need work.

Blog Going to Alabama

Alabama.jpg I'll be away for a couple days at the University of Alabama, School of Law, giving a faculty talk on my new paper, Globalization and Distrust, hosted by Professor Dan Filler. It's a great school and I'm looking forward to my visit. Roll Tide.

D.C. Circuit on Bloggers

JurisPundit writes me, seeking comment on a D.C. Circuit ruling that surprisingly referenced bloggers (that reference anticipated in part by a Eugene Volokh op-ed):

Just wondering if you caught Judge Sentelle's blog reference in his In Re:Grand Jury Subpoena, Judith Miller opinion? I must admit that I failed to catch this, but LawPundit was on the ball.


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